All last week, I went out and helped San Diego Audubon get ready for least tern nesting season. The terns will be arriving soon! I helped set up decoys, helped with grid-ding, and helped with pulling more weeds. We mostly worked on Fiesta Island with a little bit of work at Mariner's Point.
The picture below is of decoys being counted and getting ready to be placed. It sorta looks like a tern massacre, lol.
This is the famous Stony Point hummingbird who likes to sit near the gate at the Stony Point nesting area:
Here is one of the views from Stony Point:
Lots and lots of horned larks on Fiesta Island:
And, the resident killdeer where there. Here's one from Mariner's Point:
Here's one from North Fiesta Island where they had a nest by the end of the week. This is dad being very watchful.
This is mom on her nest. I didn't want to set a bad example and get too close to the nest to see exactly how many eggs she had (I saw at least two from a distance). I really don't need to know if I'm not monitoring their nest, anyway.
I think they had at least one chick survive to adulthood, last year, and I think he was still hanging around.
I have a lens on Squidoo about helping the California least terns. Click on the link to see it.
At Lake Murray, I noticed Big Daddy acting sick and lethargic. It could just be because he's molting. He and Cinnamon's old boyfriend were ganging up on Cinnamon's Twin's Twin. (Mostly it was the other ducks, not him that was doing it because he was acting sick). When I tried to stop them from seriously hurting her, a lady fishing with her kids berated me for interfering. Last year, I saw a domestic duck literally get "bred to death" while on land, so I didn't want it to happen to Cinnamon's Twin's Twin.
Also, I think I will have to say goodbye to Cow, the magpie duck dropped off last year with the big flock of black and white ducks. She was a favorite of the males and also one of the smallest. I suspect she drowned just like Cinnamon did. She was the only one I named from that group. Like Cinnamon, I really hope she's just sitting on a nest somewhere and will be seen, soon.
Shame on these people who dump these ducks.